Sailing on Lake Michigan

Sonar Fleet

Sonar FleetThe Chicago Yacht Club owns a fleet of nine Sonars, a 23-foot keelboat that provides a stable yet nimble platform for learning how to sail and perfecting your on-the-water skills.

CYC offers a variety of programs to enjoy the Sonars throughout the season. Check out some of the options below. Have questions? Contact us at 312-861-7777 ext. 4960 or keelboats@chicagoyachtclub.org.  


  • Crew U
    • Crew U teaches adults with limited or moderate sailing experience everything that they need to know to start crewing on most offshore racing boats. Much of this hands-on class takes place on the water and covers skills such as rigging, sail trim and teamwork. Classes are on Tuesday evenings from May 9  through June 27. Learn more.

  • Frostbite Series
    • From March until May, and again from October through November, CYC offers Frostbite sailing out of Belmont Station. Racers who sail 420's, Lasers, V-15s, and Sonars are welcome to come compete and enjoy warm refreshments after racing. As the name suggests the wind and the water may be cold, but the competition is sizzling! Learn more.

  • Associate Series
    • Mark your calendar for the Associates Regatta 2017 TBA.

  • Intercommittee Challenge
    • Each fall CYC hosts the Intercommittee Challenge out of Belmont Station. CYC members compete in teams based on the committees they work on throughout the year. These committee teams sail on the Club’s Sonars and compete for bragging rights for the year. Learn more.

  • Women on the Water
    • Women on the Water: Come Sail Away Seminar Series 
      Select Wednesdays, February-May - 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at Monroe Station
      If you’re looking for a friendly learning environment to learn how to sail, sharpen your skills or explore new developments in the sport… this is for you! Professional instruction for women, by women, will take place at Monroe Station. This seminar series will explore topics such as sailing 101, sail trim, racing tactics and an overview of the evolution of the America's Cup. Dinner prepared by Chef Larry is included, too!

      Dates:
      February 8
      February 22
      March 8
      March 22
      April 12
      April 26
      May 10

      Cost Per Seminar
      $35 inclusive/seminar if you pre-register
      $50 inclusive/seminar at the door

      Series Cost
      Seminar Series February-May: $150
      Seminar & Sailing Series: $300 for members/ $350 for non-members
      Please contact Chris Albanis, Laura Sigmond or Sonia Sandoval for more information. 

      Women on the Water: Come Sail Away Summer Series 
      Select Wednesday and Thursdays, May-September - 6 p.m. at Belmont Station
      If you’re looking for a friendly learning environment to learn how to sail, sharpen your skills or explore new developments in the sport… this is for you! Professional instruction for women, by women.

      Dates:
      May 25
      June 15
      Wednesday Night Racing - June 21st
      June 29
      July 27
      Wednesday Night Racing - August 2
      August 31
      Wednesday Night Racing - September 6th
      September 14


      Cost Per Seminar*
      Non-Members $45 inclusive/seminar if you pre-register
      Members $35 inclusive/seminar if you pre-register
      $50 inclusive/seminar at the door/dock

      Series Cost
      Sailing Series 7 night package: $250

      WOW: Women on the Water Sailing Registration Form
  • Junior Activities
    • Junior Keelboat Sailing is a Sailing School course that is open to teens who are either new to sailing, or want to expand their sailing skills to a larger boat. Students will learn basic boat-handling, sail trim, and seamanship skills in the Sonars. The class focuses on skippers and crew members working together to sail the boat on its proper course. By the end of the course, the students will be self-sufficient at day sailing in a keelboat. Learn more.

  • Keelboat Certification
    • The Chicago Yacht Club is a US Sailing Accredited Keelboat School and offers Basic Keelboat Certification courses as well as intermediate and private lessons. Our instructors are all certified professionals teaching on the best equipment in the city. Courses cover sailing theory, boat handling skills, safety and emergency techniques, anchoring and docking, heavy weather sailing, and navigation. Learn more.

  • Team Racing
    • Team racing is a fun, fast growing form of the sport with more action per minute than your average day of racing. Whether you are a one design or big boat racer, team racing is a great way to improve your skills, including starting, tactics, boat handling, and understanding rules. There are opportunities for members of all levels to crew and skipper.

      At each meeting, we plan to head out on the water to run practice drills and races. After racing, all sailors are invited to Belmont to enjoy refreshments while we debrief with lessons from the day. See the schedule and learn more.

  • Sonar Rentals
    • CYC members may rent the Sonars for $80/hour or a $450 annual pass whenever the boats are not being used for teaching or racing. All skippers must complete a Sonar orientation before their first rental. The orientation fee is $80, and members receive a two-hour rental credit upon successful completion. Learn more



Sonar Fleet Membership Form

 

Please review the rules and complete the form below to apply for Sonar Fleet Membership.

The Sonar’s are durable, safe and fun. They appeal to all ages and skill levels, easily sailed by two people, but with a cockpit large enough for four people to enjoy. Responsive, but stable at 2000 lbs with a fixed lead keel and self bailing cockpit, it is easily driven with a mainsail, 100% jib, and spinnaker. Since its introduction in 80’s, the Sonar has blossomed into an International class.

Still, the Sonar, while not large or overly complicated, is a small keel boat that can overwhelm a completely novice sailor. We want to make sure you have the necessary basic skills to safely operate the boat before you set out to sea!

Complete the information on this form and you will be contacted by the Keelboat Director or a fleet member to discuss the necessary skills and arrange a time to meet and take a test sail. Required skills include tying a few simple knots while rigging the boat, demonstrating some basic sailing skills (tacking/gybing and stopping the boat) and boat maneuvers including leaving and returning to the dock.

The annual membership fee for the Sonar fleet is $450 and supports the operation and upkeep of the boats. Anyone can join the Sonar fleet with the payment of the membership fee, even if you haven’t taken the test sail yet.

As a member, your CYC membership account will serve as a ‘damage deposit’. In the event there is damage that needs repair, you may be liable for up to $2500. Coverage for the boats beyond that is under the club’s umbrella insurance policy.

Upon passing the skills check and test sail, you will be listed as a ‘qualified’ member and are free to reserve the boats, as available, for the entire calendar year. There is a reservation window that allows for reservations up to 30 days ahead. We also ask you give us 48 hours minimum notice, especially for weekend reservations, to coordinate launching and leave the dock with no more than five (5) souls aboard.

Membership Rules

  •  Memberships are good for one season, and expire at the end of the season when they are purchased. Typical sailing season lasts from late March to early November. Membership is required for participation in Sonar Frostbiting.
  • Memberships are $450 regardless of your club membership status. Members may arrange a payment schedule with the CYC Accounting Office for a payment plan of two  $250. 
  • Membership allows you to use the boat on any non-black-out day
  • Membership does not exempt one from boat use fees during a regatta (RYF, Verve Cup,  match race or team race) where the fleet is being used.
  • Memberships are for an individual and that individual must be on board the boat when it is out sailing.
  • The daily rental rate for non-fleet members is $80 per hour.




Sonar Form